Former Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were secretly relieved when the star-studded finale was dropped from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony due to time constraints. The rockers had been due to join a number of the night's other inductees, including Bruce Springsteen's The E Street Band, for an all-star jam session at the end of the show performing AC/DC classic Highway To Hell.
However, the big finale was ditched after a number of speeches over-ran, leaving Nirvana's collaboration with pop star Lorde on All Apologies as the final performance of the night.
Bassist Novoselic admits he was secretly pleased the finale was axed, telling Rolling Stone, "I wasn't into it. I love AC/DC and I love Bruce Springsteen. I grew up listening to them. But we kept saying, 'We have the big finale. We have our finale!'"
Grohl was also unconvinced by the finale as it meant they had to learn another song for the show. He adds, "They expected Nirvana to learn that song. It's hard enough for Nirvana to learn a f**king Nirvana song."
Dave Grohl felt overwhelmed to be reunited with Courtney Love at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (ends13Apr14), calling the moment "beautiful". The former Nirvana drummer has endured a rocky relationship with Love, the widow of his late bandmate Kurt Cobain, in recent years and they have been embroiled in a number of high-profile spats.
However, they appeared to put the bad blood behind them when Nirvana were honoured at the ceremony in New York City as Love hugged Grohl on stage and made a heartfelt speech comparing the band to family.
Grohl has now revealed the meeting went better than expected, telling Rolling Stone magazine, "Early on in the evening I just tapped her on the shoulder. She turned around and I just said, 'Hey.' She said, 'Hey.' Then we gave each other a big hug. I said, 'How are you?' She goes, 'Good, how are you?' I said, 'All right.' And she said, 'Let's do this. Let's rock this tonight.' And I said, 'Yes.' That was it."
He adds of Love's speech, "She's right. We're family, no matter what. And we all love each other, no matter what. It's a lot bigger than a paragraph or a picture. It's real. So it was a reunion, and we were there for Kurt. It was a beautiful night. It was good... It was a heavy night... It was a big deal to us, personally and emotionally."
Pj Harvey was Dave Grohl's first choice to front Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (ends13Apr14), but the British musician turned the opportunity down. The surviving members of the grunge group, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, were joined on stage at the show by an all-star line-up of singers filling in for late frontman Kurt Cobain, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde.
Grohl has now revealed he initially asked PJ Harvey to take over vocals, but she said no due to scheduling problems.
The Foo Fighters star tells Rolling Stone, "Kurt loved PJ Harvey. We had always imagined playing our song Milk It from In Utero with her. It's a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by (In Utero producer) Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it."
The rocker goes on to admit he came up with the idea of an all-female line-up of singers after Harvey turned the offer down, adding, "We thought, 'Wait, it has to be all women' Don't even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we'll have achieved our own revolution.' It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn't turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future."
Grohl also admits the process was an emotional one for him: "The first time we played together, it was like seeing a ghost. The second time, it was a little more reserved. And the last time we played it was like that f**king Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze pottery wheel scene from Ghost... I hadn't played in that band in 20 years... I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be in a room full of Nirvana."
British rockers Arctic Monkeys have been slammed for their "synchronised" live performances by their U.S. tourmates The Orwells. The BRIT Award winners were joined by the U.S. band for a number of shows on their U.S. trek earlier this year (14) and the up-and-coming American group was given an insight into how the headliners put their concerts together.
Now guitarist Matt O'Keefe has accused Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner of planning his seemingly spontaneous comments to the crowd and performing the same routine each night.
O'Keefe tells Gigwise.com, "When you're playing arenas and everything, it's a huge production then the show has to become synchronised to work... So every night no matter how he was feeling he'd go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs. So we were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you'd pretty much seen every date that they'd played."
Singer Mario Cuomo adds, "You can reach that level without turning into that. Like Nirvana played bigger s**t than that and I'm sure it wasn't like that and it's probably a different show every night. You don't have to take that route, you can get that level of success with those size venues, that sort of thing but still treat it as a spontaneous show at a small club. So it all just depends on the band, what they're going for and what they feel comfortable with. Like I would feel super uncomfortable if I knew what I was going to say in between songs."
Singer Courtney Love is courting controversy once again after suggesting Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band do not "belong" in rock and roll, days after they were inducted into the industry's Hall of Fame museum. The Boss paid tribute to his longtime backing band and performed with the musicians as they were honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York last week (10Apr14), but in a new YouTube.com video, Kurt Cobain's widow claims they do not fit into the genre.
Love also admits she isn't a big Springsteen fan and only liked the rocker's 1982 album Nebraska, a series of demo songs he recorded without the E Street Band. In the video, part of her Love on Love online segments in which she offers up her take on a variety of topics, she says, "I like Nebraska. And whenever I say that to a Springsteen person (fan), they look at me funny."
She continues, "With Springsteen, I just... I really like him. He's a nice guy. Cameron Crowe, an old, very dear friend of mine, took me to the Staples Center (in Los Angeles) for a three-night gig, and I could only last an hour and a half in a three-and-a-half hour show with the Boss." But Love's main problem with Springsteen's music appears to lie with the work of the E Street Band.
She adds, "My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock 'n' roll. They just don't belong." The footage then cuts to a photo of Springsteen with late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011. Love was in attendance at the Hall of Fame event to mark the induction of Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. KISS, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates were also among the Class of 2014.
"I feel we conjured the spirit of the band, and we could not have done that alone. This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on." Rocker Krist Novoselic is proud of the performance he and his Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl put on at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (10Apr14). The pair was joined by Joan Jett, Lorde, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon to sing lead on hits like Smells Like Teen Spirit and Lithium in place of late frontman Kurt Cobain.
The surviving members of Nirvana played a surprise gig in New York City following their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Thursday night (10Apr14), with an all-star roster of rockers filling in for late frontman Kurt Cobain on lead vocals. The iconic grunge band was feted during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were joined on stage by Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde for their live performances.
After the show, the band headed to the nearby 350-capacity Saint Vitus venue to pay a surprise gig, performing a 19-song set of Nirvana classics until 4am.
Gordon, Jett and St. Vincent reprised their alternating roles as singer, with Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis and Deer Tick rocker John McCauley also joining the band on stage to stand-in for Cobain, who died in 1994.
"So honoured and happy I got to help celebrate Nirvana's rock and roll hall of fame induction tonight. true f**king rock stars, all, forever." Pop star Lorde was delighted after performing with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday (10Apr14).
Teenage pop star Lorde was an odd choice to join Nirvana onstage for a performance of All Apologies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday (10Apr14) - the Royals hitmaker, 17, wasn't even born when frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.